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WACKER opens training center in Russia

WACKER, the Munich-based chemical group, has opened its new VINNAPAS® ACADEMY Training & Competence Center in Moscow/Russia in October (Fig. 1). The VINNAPAS® ACADEMY serves as an international training center for construction-chemical subjects and offers the ideal platform for sector-specific networking between customers, sales partners and WACKER experts. At the same time, WACKER is expanding its Moscow Technical Center (Fig. 2) set up five years ago. WACKER is thus promoting the transfer of expertise to its local customers and business partners, thereby helping to further tap into the region’s fast-growing construction-polymer market.

Catering to Russian and CIS-specific construction-chemical needs, the training center’s seminar program gives customers and business partners an opportunity to learn all about ­VINNAPAS® polymer powders and their applications. Courses range from basic information on polymer chemistry, formulation expertise relevant to dry-mix mortars, through to innovative applications such as exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS) and self-leveling compounds. Seminars are held by WACKER experts, Russian construction industry specialists and university lecturers. As a result of its expansion program, the center’s available floor space has now almost doubled to 750 m2. At the same time, new testing equipment – including a second EIFS test wall – has been commissioned. The new facility will test exterior insulation systems under extremely harsh climatic conditions. Aging and weathering processes are accelerated to ascertain a material’s stability and effectiveness. A climatic chamber can simulate a wide range of conditions – from tropically humid or wet to typically Russian weather such as extreme permafrost. Tests fully comply with guide­lines laid down by the European Organisation for Technical Approvals (EOTA).
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